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Upcoming Colloquium

Dr. Vladimir Kresin

Road to Room Temperature Superconductivity
Dr. Vladimir Kresin, UC Berkeley

November 13, 2019
11:15am in PH1-223
Refreshments in HSCI-224 from 10:45-11:05am

The dream of attaining room temperature superconductivity was born shortly after the discovery of the phenomenon. At present, this goal is perfectly realistic and one can expect the observation of room temperature superconductivity in the near future. The history of the development of the theory and the search for new materials will be described. We focus on the recent progress and properties of new high Tc superconductors, such as new oxides (WO2.9), hydrides, and interface superconductivity. Room temperature superconductivity will lead to drastic changes in modern technology; the London equation will become more important than Ohm's law.

superconductivity temperature of discovered materials has increased from nearly 0 kelvin to over 240 kelvin
Superconductivity temperatures of materials

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.


The Fall 2019 colloquia will start on September 9 and end on December 9.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
November 13, 2019* Road to Room Temperature Superconductivity Dr. Vladimir Z. Kresin, UC Berkeley
November 18, 2019 Diversity in Undergraduate Physics Dr. Galen Pickett, CSU Long Beach
November 25, 2019 Functional Analysis of Metabolism Dr. Matteo Mori, UC San Diego
December 2, 2019 Student Presentations I Students, CSU Long Beach
December 9, 2019 Student Presentations II Students, CSU Long Beach

*This Colloquium, 11/13, is on a Wednesday because of Veteran's Day.

Previous Colloquia

The following are Colloquia from this semester. The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
November 4, 2019 New mechanism of electro-magnetic coupling in composite multiferroics Dr. Igor Beloborodov, CSU Northridge
October 28, 2019 Unsolved Mysteries in Fundamental Physics Dr. John Baez, UC Riverside
October 21, 2019 Exotic Matter Produced in Neutron star Mergers Dr. Veronica Dexheimer, Kent State
October 14, 2019 Magnon Condensation in Magnetic Heterostructures Dr. Igor Barsukov, UC Riverside
October 7, 2019 Controlling magnetism in a Mott insulator by optical pumping Dr. David Hsieh, CalTech
September 30, 2019 Nanoengineered Materials and Interfaces for Quantum Technologies Dr. Pankaj Jha, CalTech
September 23, 2019 The Explosive Astrophysics of Gravitational Waves Dr. Jonah Kanner, CalTech
September 16, 2019 Opportunities for CSU Students to Work at CERN with NSF IRES Grant Dr. Yongsheng Gao, CSU Fresno
September 9, 2019 Meet and Mix Faculty and Staff, CSU Long Beach


We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!